Monday, Monday

Pretty original title for this one, eh? Sorry. It’s the best I can do. What with the pressure and all!

But, first, thank you for telling me more about you. And, for telling me what you like about being here. I promise, more kid stories and pictures. There certainly will be plenty of those. If we still have kids. And, after yesterday, we thought about giving them away. Five a.m. wake-ups and no naps will do that to you.

But, then Erin smiles and Aidan says, “Drive carefully. I love you, Daddy” and all is forgiven. For now! 😉

For those of you that didn’t comment, that’s ok, too. I still like you. Honest. I’m just glad you’re out there, and that you, too, apparently find something here you enjoy.

And, for those of you who are here because you’re searching for Clink related things, I have two words for you: grow up. Unlike you, I’ve met her. And trust me when I say the searches you are doing for dirt or whatever are a waste of your time.

Now, I do have some good news to share. And, since a bunch of you wanted to know how Forty by F0rty is going, I’m going to give you a three-month progress report. I can’t even believe it’s been three months, by the way.

The quick recap: I turned 38 November 1. And, with that, I initiated my goal to lose 40 pounds by my 40th birthday. It’s a two-year plan. Actually, it’s a life-long plan, but I wanted to give myself a tangible goal. And I think I have.

I’ve definitely lost weight. I’m not sure how much. I didn’t step on a scale November 1. I roughly know where I started, but I didn’t want to get on scale until I start the exercise component — which I haven’t done yet. And that’s my goal for February. The time is so hard with the kids, but I can’t use that as an excuse. I’ve got to do it. And I will. And sometime in the next few weeks, I will figure that out.

But here’s the big news. Are you ready? You sure?

I’m wearing my skinny pants today. Yes, I’m a 38-year-old man with skinny pants. What’s the definition? Skinny pants, at least for me, are the pants I always used to wear. Except I couldn’t anymore because they were too tight and it would be nearly impossible to suck the gut in that much.

So, yeah for me and my skinny pants!

Is it the end of the journey? God no. But, in three months I’m back to wearing pants I used to wear more than a year ago. I feel really good about that. And, the jeans I used to order were ‘relaxed fit.’ Well, at Christmas, I got ‘natural fit.’ So, another sign of progress.

People have asked if I’m on a plan. I’m not. I’m just trying to be better. You know, don’t eat the two english muffins smothered in butter and peanut butter for breakfast and then get to work and go to the bakeshop for a heath bar muffin. So, now I eat one muffin for breakfast. And, instead of buying regular english muffins, we buy multi grain, which are a bit better.

Instead of regular granola bars, get the sugar free. Instead of cranberry juice, get the light cranberry juice. Instead of ice cream, get the light ice cream. Instead of regular soda, get the diet or the zero stuff. I mean, did you know Diet Barques Root Beer is actually better than regular? I know this now.

So, by no means am I wasting away, but I’m trying. I really am. It’s hard sometimes. Like yesterday, I had three chocolate chip cookies. Can I help it if my sister-in-law makes the best cookies ever? And I mean ever. And, can I help it if she sent a bag back to me (she lives in Florida) with my father-in-law who was visiting?

I know you can’t go cold turkey, but I’m trying to limit by splurges, too. And, since November 1, I’ve been to McDonald’s once and have only had donuts twice. This is big, people.

So, thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement. It’s good to know that I have that support. Heck, I might have even discovered my own online nutritionist — but more on that later.

I hope to let you know soon that I’ve got this exercise thing figured out. That’s the biggest challenge right now.

But, you know what, me and my skinny pants are up for it!

What else? I got nothin’.

20 Comments on “Monday, Monday”

  1. Molly says:

    Woo hoo skinny pants! So proud of you. And seriously? The diet rootbeer is better? I’m intrigued…

  2. Alright!! You are awesome! Keep up the great work!!

  3. Clink says:

    Omigod, I adore you.

    And WOO! SKINNY PANTS! If only I were so lucky.

    You’ll have to wear them when we meet up again. 😉

  4. JC says:

    i will get into my skinny pants soon, however, alas….i’ll always need the FAT SPEEDOs – for reasons i cant share in your comments (hahahah).

  5. L B says:

    gotta love the skinny pants 🙂 hey, and i totally noticed over christmas break I can’t wait to hear about this online nutritionist ooooooooo! 😉

  6. La says:

    Yay for skinny pants! I need to get back into mine, too. Suggestions are welcome.


  7. JenBun says:

    Squeeeedilly doo for skinny pants!!! Good on ya! =)

    And, btw, diet A&W root beer = best thing out there! Mmmmm, manna of the gods!

    I think the best thing is that you are making a lifestyle change (not just a crash diet or anything), and that you realize that you can still have the good stuff along with the good-for-you stuff. And that, sometimes, the two are not mutually exclusive.

    You rock!!!

  8. Barb says:

    That is awesome! I know how it feels to be able to fit into something that you used to wear… it is fabulous!!

  9. heatherdc says:

    Happy skinny-pants day!! I love that you didn’t fall into a crash-diet, this post is great! 🙂

  10. Sara says:

    Yay for you and your skinny pants! I had a slight meltdown the other day when my “clown pants” (named so because, well, they’re huge) were snug. I hope to get into my skinny pants soon, and you just served as some motivation.


  11. Melissa says:

    Way to go!! Nothing like some skinny pants to keep the motivation going!

  12. erin says:

    yay skinny pants!

    i am very much a hater of the scale and a believer in just seeing how your clothes fit. so clearly you are on the right track!

    but i won’t let that discourage me from sending some yummies your way??

  13. Anna says:

    First of all, I think you need a disclaimer somewhere here so that Clink and others know IT IS STILL OK TO SEND US COOKIES.

    And of course you were ready for skinny pants, because folks, the other ones were just about to FALL OFF. Seriously.

    Another little tip along the lines of diet root beer? The little babybell cheeses make a great snack with an apple and crackers or something. And they are so darn cute I am always so excited to open that little wax zipper. (That ought to get you some good Google searches–open the wax zipper!)

  14. Chelle says:

    Your butt. You left out what your butt looks like in the skinny pants. Don’t you always have to mention your butt? I’m disappointed now.

    Seriously, so proud of your skinny butt fittin into skinny pants!

    (And yes, I had too much caffeine this PM. My apologies in advance for any other inappropriate comments that might happen related to you BUTT..)


  15. Steph says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the cookies…hope I didn’t sabotage you too badly! I myself am working on the skinny pants; especially since my sister seems to lose more weight every time she gets pregnant and has a child. UGH! I am actually taking Zumba classes…I am learning how to shake my booty!

  16. Stephanie says:

    Big high five on the skinny pants!

  17. pie says:

    WOOOT! Skinny pants. Big congrats!

  18. christine says:

    you and your skinny pants have challenged me to find a delicious alternative to french silk pie by the time you turn forty… i may have to enlist anna’s help so you can be the official taste-tester. game on!

  19. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    Guys have skinny pants?! Thing # 17897 I’ve learned from your blog. Nice work!

  20. JP says:

    Congrats on your weightloss goals! I have lost 60 pounds over the last two years by following the same ideology and jogging a couple times a week.

    BTW, I love, love Diet A&W, as Jen suggested.

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